The Weaving Wheel

Being torn from Snuggle Nook once more, the elven soul of Arouet wanders in the dreamland of Tel’aranrhiod midst the Færie Forest of his homeland. The wheel spins, temporal transition takes its toll. The naissance of new adventures, a fresh beginning, a new Grift-Meister. Becoming bored of a temporary lull in the world of Gæhawk – Færuin – the weekly session, the golden future transformed into the agèd past, meaningless memories fade to fantastic færie tales, folk-lore, myth, consigned to the grey dusty annuls of imagined history.

Now, now arrives the time of Valraven Yami and his WoT III point five campaign. Present at the last battle, inspired by the fourteenth tome in the memory of the late great James Oliver Rigneys’ original WoTism (yet) another fellowship is formed. The souls of Arouet and McFinningan man be joined by but precious few other adventurers. These are the outcasts, players who subsist on the fringes, they are the bad-ass anti-heroes, barred from groups for attacking fellow crew members. The baddest of whom is the DM, who, doesn’t mind and even actively encourages such… petty squabbles.

Anyone who has read any one of the WoT might recognise the following first sentence in this extract, which can scarcely admit of a doubt, from where and whence Jordan (a.k.a. L.E. Moidesett, a.k.a. J.O. Rigney) drew literary inspiration from:

“The antiquities of the first age… were buried in obvilion and silence: silence was succeeded by poetical fables; and fables again were followed… by records…

…the veil of fiction…

…I am inclined to imagine, that some of the ancient fictions lay couched certain mysteries and allegories, even from their first invention. … I am… ravished with the reverence of antiquity…

…the understanding of man by an easy and gentle passage through all novel and abstruce inventions…

…in the first ages… all things were full of fables, enigmas, parables, and similies of all sorts… …as hieroglyphics preceeded letters, so parables were more ancient than arguments… …that would illuminate men’s minds…"

Sir Francis Bacon, Wisdom of the Ancients, 1886.




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